Unlock resources to better understand your water quality report.
Thank you for visiting our water testing resource page. Here you will guide you through resources that will help you understand your report, how your results impact your health, and more!
How do I read my report?
The first column of your test results show the contaminants that were included in your test kit. This is the Analyte column. You can toggle the arrow next to each contaminant to find out more about how that contaminant typically ends up in tap water and what, if any, impact it is known to have on health.
The second column indicates how much, if any, of the contaminant was found in your water sample. This is the Result column. Most contaminants are measured in parts per million (ppm) unless otherwise indicated.
In the 3rd column, we provide an assessment of the amount that has been found in your water sample for any contaminants that have been found to have a potential health impact to humans. This is the Evaluation column. The evaluation finding reads “OK” or “Exceeds” based on Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) set by the EPA or Aquagenuity Recommended Levels. Contaminants which do not negatively impact your health will have a label of “No Health Impact” thought Aquagenuity may still have recommended levels or ranges based on non-health related factors such as aesthetic quality (e.g. color, smell, taste, etc.).
Here are some key terms that you should also be aware of.
EPA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates drinking water and determines safety levels for public drinking water.
MCL – Maximum Contaminant Level. For contaminants that they do regulate the EPA requires public water systems to keep contaminants below this level.
MCLG – Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. EPA water health research indicates that ideally, the contaminant’s concentration level should remain below this level to prevent ill health effects. Aquagenuity uses health-based standards of evaluation rather than regulatory standards. This means that contaminants may meet legal requirements but still fall below health-based standards.
AGR – Aquagenuity reviews public health research conducted by the World Health Organization and other State and Local organizations to determine recommended contaminant concentration levels when MCLG information is unavailable.
What are the health impacts?
We’ve correlated each toxin in this report with health risk information from the CDC to help you understand how each contaminant may be impacting your health. Click on any toxin to see the health implications.
What can I do next?
Most people choose to use water filters to help remove toxins, but you need one that’s certified by the NSF to remove the geo-specific contaminants where you live AND you should consider filters for your bath/shower as well as your tap, since your skin is your largest organ. Visit our marketplace to see customized options.
Your water quality changes about as often as the weather, so everyone needs real-time alerts. That’s the world we’re building (#thefutureofwater). To get there, we need people like you to take simple steps to help bring real-time water quality monitoring to your local area and communities across the country. Click to learn more.